The Best Time to Visit Palm Desert? March. 

Written By: Kaylin Waizinger To Do Palm Desert

As much as we love winter’s cooler temps, we are starting to miss those warm summer days. If you can relate and prefer to live life in a swimsuit rather than a sweatshirt, then we’ve got the staycation for you! Just a few hours inland sits the dreamy City of Palm Desert—a laid-back destination for all things leisure. Whether it’s strolling down the store-lined street of El Paseo, dining under the stars at Lupine Plaza or lounging poolside at Hotel Paseo, there is no shortage of entertainment in this desert city. Here’s five reasons to leave the coastal fog behind and make your way to the City of Palm Desert.


1 | Gorgeous Nature Trails

Palm Desert is home to a variety of scenery-laced trails, which are perfect for hiking, biking or riding around on horseback. No matter if you’re an avid cycler or just looking for an easy, family-friendly ride, there are plenty of scenic routes to experience. Click here to view a Palm Desert road biking map. If biking isn’t your thing, you can take a look at the area’s best equestrian-friendly and walkable trails here. For a more leisurely hike, we recommend the Hopalong Cassidy Trail and Randall Henderson Trail, which both offer plenty of picturesque mountain views.


2 | Open-Air Eats To Do Palm Desert

In an effort to support local businesses and diners, the City of Palm Desert has created a unique outdoor dining destination by making use of a one-block section of an underutilized street. The charming new space called Lupine Plaza is an ideal spot to enjoy takeout al fresco style from one of the area’s restaurants. Order a morning coffee or after-dinner drink from one of the pop-up bars inside the plaza and sip under the twinkling canopy of lights. Be sure to click here for updates on safety protocols before visiting.

Lupine Plaza
Lupine Ln
Palm Desert, CA 92260


3 | Walk on the Wild Side

Plan a day trip to The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens to see the newly opened Australian Adventures Exhibit! In this immersive habitat, you’ll find a variety of Australian species like free-flying budgies, cockatiels, emu, tawny-frogmouths, singing kookaburras, yellow-footed wallabies, reptiles and more. Other notable things to do at The Living Desert include giraffe feeding, taking a ride on the Endangered Species Carousel and embarking on a private safari tour. You and your crew can buy and reserve your tickets online up to two weeks in advance for expedited and contact-free admissions!

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
47900 Portola Ave
Palm Desert, CA 92260


4 | ‘Tis the Season to Shop

Palm Desert’s mile-long, luxury shopping district, El Paseo, features more than 200 restaurants, shops, art galleries and other businesses! Whether you’re looking for snazzy jewelry, trendy clothing, home decor, art or the perfect gift, El Paseo is the ultimate destination for some high-end retail therapy. Westfield Palm Desert is also a great indoor mall that boats over 150 shops, a food court and a movie theater. At Westfield, you’ll find a slew of name-brand stores, such as Macy’s, Barnes & Noble, Dick’s Sporting Goods, H&M, Victoria’s Secret and more. Get a jumpstart on your spring shopping at these two supreme Palm Desert shopping destinations.

El Paseo
Between Hwy 74 and Portola

Westfield Palm Desert
72840 Hwy 111
Palm Desert, CA 92260

5 | The Sweetest of Deals To Do Palm Desert

As one of the most Instagrammable hotels in Greater Palm Springs, Hotel Paseo is no slouch when it comes to first-class amenities. This midcentury modern retreat is just steps away from El Paseo, so you can conveniently do your shopping and still spend the rest of your day by the pool. Don’t miss out on Hotel Paseo’s amazing Pups n’ Paws Package—the perfect deal for you and your furry friend!

Local Insight: This past year, Hotel Paseo was deemed one of the top 20 hotels in Southern California by Conde Nast Traveler for the Readers’ Choice Awards 2020.

Hotel Paseo
45400 Larkspur Ln
Palm Desert, CA 92260

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